Bloomberg Defends Legacy with Final Budget

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg's budget functioned as a rebuttal to the candidates running to replace him.

He characterized proposals being floated on the campaign trail as unnecessary, particularly the calls from candidates for more police in the city.

“Our job is not to spend the most money or employ the most people. It’s to deliver the service, and the service is keeping the city safe,” Bloomberg said.

The mayor rejected the idea that he's leaving labor costs unresolved, even though all the city's major contracts are expired. He argued that the terms of lapsed contracts continue until they're renegotiated.

Labor may be ready to wait him out. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said Bloomberg's left the next administration in a difficult position, and added, we will "be glad to be rid of this guy once and for all."